“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” -Romans 10:15
Heidi Baker once said “God is not about using the mighty but the willing. He is not into using amazing people, just ones who prepared to lay their lives down to him. God is not looking for extraordinary, exceptionally gifted people, just laid down lovers of Jesus who will carry his glory with transparency and not take it for themselves.”
The willingness of one’s heart to do God’s work is far much greater than the oil they carry. You can have something but not use it or even rather not be aware of the gift right in front of you.
As believers of Christ, we have been given a mandate (The Great Commission) which is found in Matthew 28:19. We are instructed to “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” With every instruction, there is a promise. The word “Go” simply means to pursue a way of life, to enter, go forth and to walk. Pursuing a certain way of living is a choice. When we learn to cultivate a lifestyle that glorifies the Lord, our fruits will speak for itself. We have been called to serve. The truth is, service starts from our hearts. It’s the very reason why we must continually ask the Lord to search us, test us and lead us into His way that is everlasting. The call to follow Christ requires a lifestyle of surrender. Surrendering to God’s will is laying it all down, saying “Yes” to His will and being obedient to His instructions. You see God wants us to Himself. He wants to saturate us, and make us more like Him but we must learn to abide in Him.
Going Where The Lord Leads You
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in my walk with the Lord, I would have to say that being obedient is key. Though following Christ is costly, the journey is worth it. In Matthew 7:7-8, we are reminded that when we ask, it will be given to us. When we seek, we will find. When we knock, the door shall be opened unto us. For everyone who ask, receives. The one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
For as long as I can remember, going on a mission trip has always been something I wanted to do. During my university days, I will look for different opportunities to go on a mission trip but nothing rung a bell. It was still on my heart but I stopped searching for opportunities to go on a mission trip. I was a graduate 👩🏿🎓 and my focus was to look for a job. In the year 2017, I visited Ghana. While there, I told my mother that I wanted to visit an orphanage. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen because of series of events that took place but God had his own plans.
In 2018, my church started a mission ministry. I was so moved and excited about this new thing that God was doing and I wanted to be apart of it. On July 1st, 2018, my church announced that they were going to Kampala, Uganda for a mission trip to an Orphanage. Right there and then, I knew without a doubt that this was my mission trip. At the time, I didn’t have a job. I was a recent graduate in search of a job. I knew I wanted to go on this mission trip so I started looking for a part time job. It took a while but I eventually got the job, a month before the mission trip. It was a retail job but it was something for me because it will aid in me going on my first mission trip. Before the trip, we had to make a deposit of $300 to secure our spot. At the time, I had $500 in my bank account. I hadn’t inform anyone that I wanted to go on a mission trip. It was pretty much between myself and the Lord.
Before the due date of the payment, I had given the Lord a date I would make the payment. At the time, I didn’t have a job. I made the payment with what I had in my bank out trusting that God will make a way. The cost of the trip was $1,400 plus a $300 fee for yellow fee vaccination and $50 for Visa. God knows that was costly but He made a way. He confirmed Himself in so many ways. There was no doubt in my heart. It was just a matter of time that I would have the money to go on this trip. My friends contributed and my mother supported me. God made a way. There were some hindrances but it did not stop God from doing what He had in stone to do. I just had to be obedient to the call.
By God’s grace, I had the opportunity once again to go back to Uganda early this December. It was a phenomenal experience. It was such a long flight but it was a great joy being able to fellowship with 390 orphans. I can’t tell it all about the goodness of God.
Every moment spent with the little children was very precious. Looking back at last years mission trip, there were quite some improvements in the lives of these children that we witnessed. They were much cleaner in terms of their hygiene and their clothes. They were filled with joy. They were so happy to see the team and they even remembered our names. Last year, I was more of the scribe and photographer of the team but this year my role was a teacher. Initially, I was really nervous to teach but to God be the Glory, it was such a fun and interactive time with my babies. As a team, we were divided into a set of two or three to teach the children about the Lord. My team had children from the age of 3-5. We also did medical missions where we took the vital signs of each child.
Did I mention how delicious the food was in Uganda? So yummy to my tummy.
The entire duration of our trip was 9 days. We spent 10 hours at the orphanage every day. Our days consisted of us waking up to do morning devotion, having breakfast and heading out to Caring Heart Breakthrough Ministry. There we had VBS (Vacation Bible School), Medical Missions, and attended a conference everyday. Some days were tougher than others but God gave us the strength all the way throughout our time there. My time in Uganda was a memorable one. My heart is filled with joy everything I think of the little children. Anyone who knows me, is quite aware that children are my heartbeat. They are my investment. I love them so much. I’m beyond grateful for this opportunity to serve.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. -James 1:27
God is looking to us to be the hands and feet wherever He leads us. He is looking for a heart that is willing. It’s easy to create excuses ( work, children, marriage and etc). I’ve come to tell you that God who lays an assignment upon your heart will not put you to shame. He will not leave you but He will guide you. He who led Abraham, Moses, Joseph, David and many servants to fulfill His mission, will also make way in the wilderness for you. Don’t allow doubt to speak louder than the Spirit that lives within you. Wherever God leads you, He will surely provide for you; far above your expectations. Take a leap of faith and watch God do what only He can do. If money is the problem, put God to the test. He will provide for you. Whatsoever your case may be, know that it is not greater than the God we serve. Yes, not everyone will be supportive of this mission but the truth is, when gives you an assignment, not everyone is going to understand. Many times, we allow fear to cripple us. We remain dormant, waiting for God while He is also waiting for us to Say Yes to the call. God will never force us to dine with Him but He invites time and time again to feast with Him.
I pray that as you take a leap of faith in saying Yes to the assignment that God has given you, you take delight all the more in the Lord. May your cup never run dry. May it overflow. May your Yes to the Lord be a resounding one. May God who rewards to the sower, bless you abundantly. For it is written
“God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.” -Hebrews 6:10
Take joy in serving the Lord. Time with God is an investment ; it is never wasted. It’s all about the Lord! The King is drawing you into His Kingdom. Are you ready to arise at His instructions? Will you be the hands and feet’s of Jesus for the nation that they may know the King of all Glory?